PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (DESIGN STANDARDS) AMENDMENT BILL

This private member's bill, introduced on 25 August 2021, seeks to mandate that design standards must be prepared by the State Planning Commission (which I will hereafter refer to as 'the commission') and proposes to delete the words 'for the public realm or infrastructure'. I rise to speak against this bill and these are the reasons why.

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Crown Solicitor appointed to the Supreme Court

Crown Solicitor Laura Stein has been appointed to the Supreme Court, marking the next stage of a career in the profession that has so far spanned more than 30 years.

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Councils the focus of new website

Ratepayers, residents and the broader South Australian community will have access to unprecedented levels of information about their local council’s performance through a new Government-established website.

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LEGISLATION INTERPRETATION BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Legislation Interpretation Bill 2021, which will repeal and replace the Acts Interpretation Act 1915. The Acts Interpretation Act was first enacted over 100 years ago. It sets out the rules for interpreting acts of parliament and legislative instruments, as well as the rules around the operation and effect of legislation and legislative instruments. I know everyone is riveted to learn about the contents of this bill, but I seek leave to have the balance of the second reading and the explanation of clauses inserted in Hansard without my reading them.

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Strengthening SA’s child abuse laws

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Canning corflutes for cleaner streets

Reducing waste and keeping our streets clean are the primary aims of proposed legislation that would regulate the use of corflutes this election.

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OPCAT IMPLEMENTATION BILL

I am pleased to finally introduce the OPCAT Implementation Bill 2021. The Australian government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in South Australia on 21 December 2017. The optional protocol is known as OPCAT.

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LIQUOR LICENSING (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2021. This bill seeks to make a number of necessary amendments to the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 to continue to support the hospitality sector while ensuring that the interests and safety of the community are protected. It is essential that the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, which regulates the sale and supply of liquor, keeps up with industry trends and modern practices. However, an appropriate balance must be struck between reflecting emerging business models and ensuring that there are adequate safeguards in place to protect the community.

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ELECTORAL (REGULATION OF CORFLUTES) AMENDMENT BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Electoral (Regulation of Corflutes) Amendment Bill 2021. This bill amends the Electoral Act 1985 and makes a related amendment to the Local Government Act 1999 to regulate the use of corflutes on public roads. I can see the enthusiasm from the other side. As members are aware, ‘corflute’ is the name given to corrugated polypropylene, a fluted plastic which is lightweight yet rigid. Through election periods across the state we see corflutes posted on Stobie poles, advertising election candidates and being used as A-frames at shopping centres.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE (EXPIRY) (NO 3) AMENDMENT BILL

I am pleased to introduce the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Expiry) (No 3) Amendment Bill 2021. Laws aimed at ensuring the state can take all necessary measures to protect South Australians have been fundamental to this state's ongoing successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration of major emergency, in place since 22 March 2020 last year, provides the authorising context for the important social distancing and public health measures issued by the State Coordinator through directions.

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